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Enjoy the Arts al Fresco in Howard County, Maryland

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The term ‘al fresco’ is defined as outdoors, in the open air… exactly where you’ll want to be this summer! Enjoy outdoor sculpture, attend art festivals, enjoy a picnic while you catch a movie and relax under the stars at local concerts. Whatever your preference, you can see it al fresco in Howard County, MD.



#ExploreHoCoMD all Summer long! While you’re out and about enjoying the season, share your favorite activities, events and locations with the #ExploreHoCoMD hashtag on Instagram* and be entered to win some great prizes. The contest runs Memorial Day through Labor Day, 2016. More details here.

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#‎HowardOnTap‬ is your exclusive link to the exciting ‪#‎craftbeer‬ scene in central Maryland! Download it now in the App Store & travel the trail to seven different craft beer attractions in and around Howard County, MD! HowardOnTap.com

Welcome Centers in Ellicott City & Savage Mill

WC Bench 2Stop in our Welcome Centers to get local insights and recommendations from our Tourism Team. Take a break in the lounge area, discover new area attractions, learn history from informational panels, and grab brochures for the best lodging, shopping, dining and sight-seeing.

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Visitors & Residents Guide Available

2016 visitors guide coverThe award-winning Official guide to Shopping, Dining, Lodging, Sight-seeing, Living and Discovering Howard County, Where Maryland Comes Together!

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